"Verbal consent of paralysed woman not accepted"

About: King George Hospital

I am appalled that an consultant in a UK hospital does not know what is legally acceptable in terms of consent. My mum had been waiting to have her suprapubic catheter really inserted for over 3.months now due to their own internal.delays only to turn up on the day and be sent refused the operation as they would not accept her verbal consent for the op - my mum is paralysed from the neck down but has capacity and full understanding but they insisted they cannot go ahead without written consent, which is not only legally incorrect but also disability discrimination! Absolutely disgraced.

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Response from King George Hospital

Thank you for your comment regarding your mother’s experience. I want to ensure this is looked into further. Please can you contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service team to discuss this. You can contact PALS on 01708 435 454 or by email PALS@bhrhospitals.nhs.uk

Yours sincerely

Nadeem Moghal

Medical Director

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